Challenge and TranquilLity

Yoga and Hiking Retreat

in Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

Moved to 20-25 October 2022

Your unique hiking adventure combined with daily yoga and meditation

I will take you on a 5-day hike around the hidden gem of the Atlantic, Santa Maria island of the Portuguese Azores.

It is one of those last remaining places on earth where pure nature dominates the landscape and where time seems to stand still.

Each day we will be hiking together: admiring the breath-taking Azorean nature and breathing in the air of the Atlantic Ocean.  Daily yoga and meditation will make sure you feel fit and energised for your hikes.

Yoga
Enjoy and deepen your yoga and meditation practice

Nature
Explore the island in the middle of the Atlantic unknown to the tourists
Challenge
Experience unforgettable 5-day hike with like-minded people
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Jaw-dropping hikes in the unique nature

The Portuguese Azores are unknown to the regular tourists.  Your 5-day hike around Santa Maria island is the best way to explore the island whilst keeping fit.  On average, we will be hiking about 15 km a day.  You will enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna, the quaint traditional architecture, the unique geology and fossils, the fascinating history, and the delicious gastronomy.

Dramatic volcanic landscape, lush forests, greenest fields, spectacular waterfalls, stunning rainbows, and even a desert – this is what you experience when hiking in Santa Maria island.

YOGA AND MEDITATION PRACTICE

We will practise yoga and meditation twice a day: energising yoga flow in the morning and restorative yoga flow in the evening.  Classes are adjusted right on the spot to your body needs and movement experience.

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Unique accommodation

Our home for 5 days/4 nights are the 5 different houses along the hiking trail.  These charming houses have been built using traditional methods and ecological materials.  The solar energy or wood water heater is used for the hot showers.

For the last night, we will stay in Vila do Porto town, in a beautifully decorated Charming Blue Hotel.  It has a stunning outdoor swimming pool and offers comfort combined with a service designed for you.

Our both accommodations can welcome up to 6 guests in a double/twin setting.  Your luggage (up to 15 kg per person) will be transported to every new accommodation so you do not need to carry it with you.

Local cuisine and celebration dinner

You will be served with 2 daily delicious and nutritious meals: breakfast and dinner.  The dinners offered during the first 4 days are made of traditional Portuguese and Azorean meals, vegetarian options available.  Your dietary requirements will be thoughtfully taken care of throughout the retreat.  Along the trail, you can stop at restaurants for lunch or buy food in the grocery shops.

I have organised a very special dinner on our last day together, combined with local craft beer tasting.  Time to celebrate your hiking achievement and have fun!

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Typical schedule

Every day starts with setting an intention followed by a Vinyasa-style yoga class.  Then we will have breakfast to nourish the body before embarking on a hiking adventure for the day.  After the hiking of the day is finished and we arrive at a new accommodation, you will have time for some relaxation and me-time.  After all this excitement, we will finish the day with restorative yoga practice before dinner.

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Your host

My name is Irina Oshchepkova, I am a certified yoga teacher with 800+ hours of teaching experience.  I offer the most in-depth and nurturing luxury retreats in unique locations around the world.    

I love the Azores.  I came here for 2 weeks and ended up staying for 6 months.  I cannot wait to show you the most gorgeous places and experiences of these magic islands!

It is a highlight of my career to take a group of like-minded people to breath-taking destinations to go deeper into their practice, really nourish themselves and reconnect to nature.

What is included

ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 nights, 5 days in charming houses along the hiking trail
  • 1 night in a hotel with a swimming pool
  • in houses: bed sheet, sleeping bag, towel
  • in hotel: bed linen, towels, pool towels, hygiene products
  • luggage transfer

Food

  • 2 daily meals, vegetarian options available
  • 1 celebration dinner with local craft beer tasting

Activities

  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions tailored for the landscape of the day
  • 5-day organised hike around the island, on average 15 km per day

Transport

  • group transportation from and to the airport
  • group transportation to the hotel on the last day

What is not included

  • your flights

Your Investment

The payment is non-refundable but can be fully transferred to another person.  Should travel be blocked due to COVID restrictions or other force majeure events, your payment will be credited to a postponed retreat.  The necessary and appropriate travel insurance is needed.

All the payments are made by credit card or by direct bank transfer.  Please contact me for details on bank transfer and invoicing.

early bird price – book by 8 September

A unique opportunity to reconnect to nature, yourself and like-minded people

This is your unique chance to enjoy a beautiful thought-through high-end retreat in an exotic setting. The Azores destination is like nothing you have ever experienced, it will take your breath away!

Time for nourishment and healing, time to be nurtured by nature, time to explore and revitalise your energy.

Give yourself a gift of valuable time for your body, mind and soul.

faq

The weather in the Azores is spring-like most of the time: with days of sun interlaced with low clouds, a shower, a rainbow – and then sun again. They say the Azores can have the four seasons in just one day!  It is a cool to warm subtropical climate, heavily influenced by the ocean and perfect for the outdoors.

Option 1: From Lisbon, direct flight to Santa Maria on Thursdays and Sundays, with Azores Airline only.

Option 2: Daily flight from Lisbon to São Miguel + Daily flight from São Miguel island to Santa Maria.

Send me your flight details and I will arrange group transportation from the airport to our accommodation at the most common time for all.  If the common time does not suit you, take a taxi from Santa Maria airport to Vila do Porto.  We will then start the hike to the briefing session.

All levels are welcome, from zero to advanced!  Each class is adapted to the needs of participants.

Make sure to bring comfortable clothes for yoga, hiking and swimming.  Hiking shoes are highly recommended.  I will send you a detailed list when you book your experience.

It is highly recommended to stay over the weekend on the island as there are plenty of places to see and things to do.  Contact me for details.

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